‘For me getting energy for cooking and lighting is a daily worry. I cook for my family only once a day in the evening. The fire provides the light for cooking and eating a meal with my children. After eating is bedtime.’
- Rosa, Kenya.
It is clear that four years after the first Poor people's energy outlook (PPEO 2010) report, there remains an urgent need to focus on what it will really take to deliver access to the 1.3 billion people still lacking access to modern energy services and the 2.8 billion lacking access to safe cooking facilities.
The 2014 edition of the PPEO looks back at three years of analysis, to re-evaluate the key enabling role that energy plays in lifting people out of poverty. The report summarizes key lessons and evidence presented thus far and brings our learning up to date.
The PPEO 2014 revisits our multidimensional Total Energy Access approach that defines ‘access’ as when the full range of energy supplies and services required to support human social and economic development are available to households, enterprises and community service providers. The TEA approach to defining and measuring access illustrates the depth and complexity of achieving substantive and transformational access.
The report further outlines the Energy Access Ecosystem Index that analyses the policy, capacity, and finance spaces which contribute to progress on energy poverty at the national level.